South Island trips

South Island Quick Trip

6 Days


Christchurch to Central Queenstown


  • Arthur's Pass
  • Ancient glaciers
  • Adventurous Queenstown

Best time of year

All year

Enjoy the beauty of the South Island on this short tour.

Explore Christchurch and travel the famous rail journey through Arthur's Pass. Then make your way down the wild West Coast, with its incredible glaciers.

Visit picturesque Wanaka and end your journey with luxury and adventure in Queenstown.


Punting on the River Avon is an iconic activity in Christchurch

Photo by Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

Day 1

Spend the day in Christchurch

Christchurch - Canterbury

Fast-changing and funky, Christchurch is the South Island's largest city. Old English gardens contrast with pop-up bars and container-based shopping malls in this enduring centre, which is rebuilding itself after a damaging earthquake in February 2011. Favourite activities include punting down the Avon River, biking in the Port Hills, visiting Sumner Beach, or taking a day trip out to the French colonial settlement of Akaroa.

Explore the surrounds of Christchurch, Canterbury.


Christchurch city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. As the gateway to the South Island, it's a must on any itinerary.

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